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Village Creek drowning brings words of warning
HARDIN COUNTY- BY: Jennifer Gordy
A spring break trip to Village Creek turns tragic when a Houston area teen drowns. The high school group was just having a little fun while they were doing a good deed.
The call came in at 4:25 Tuesday afternoon reporting a drowning in progress in Village Creek. That's where Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Mark Nelson launched his boat. However, the drowning was several miles down river at Village Creek State Park. Nelson says about twenty minutes later he arrived at the scene.
"There were all kinds of law enforcement on the beach and two other boats in the water. We drug for about 20 minutes or so and I finally was able to locate him with my drag and we pulled him up and put him in the fire department boat and took him over to the beach," states Nelson.
Eighteen-year-old Terumah "Terry" Ams was part of a group of students from a Houston prep school called, YES. Hardin County Authorities say Ams and the other students had been clearing hiking trails for a community project for service hours and had taken a break to go swimming.
"They were swimming and he started drowning and the other guys tried to save him but they weren't successful," said Nelson. He went straight down and that's exactly where we located him"
Authorities and residents agree no matter how familiar one is with Village Creek, the changing undertow and currents can be dangerous and unpredictable. Nine year old Kaylee Bourgeois knows this only too well.
"Me and my friends wanted to swim across. So, we did and we couldn't come back because the current was so hard. So, my mom had to go out there and get us. We were scared to death," Bourgeois said.
With warmer weather coming, a reminder that Village Creek and other waterways can be dangerous.